This past weekend South Sumter Wolfpack Football hosted the Keanu Neal Football Camp in Bushnell, Florida. For those that don’t know Keanu Neal, he is one of the best athletes to come out of South Sumter High School. Neal plays in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played at University of Florida from 2013-2015 and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 17th pick of the 1st during the 2016 NFL Draft.
(Keanu Neal is a role model to many kids. On this day they got to meet Keanu Neal who is a great success story of the Bushnell, Florida community. Most importantly all the kids had fun!)
Neal went on to play in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots where he had 13 tackles with nine of them solo. The New England Patriots would go on to win the game in stunning fashion but Keanu Neal has had a great career. He also is heavily involved in giving back to the community.
Over the course of his nearly 8 year career, Neal has amassed 473 tackles, 8 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recovers, 3 interceptions, was voted to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2017 and was a PFWA All-Team Rookie in 2016. That success has allowed Neal to give back the game he loves to young children in the community. The South Sumter Wolfpack are the youth football program in the area. This developmental ladder has helped young students fine tune their skills by the time they reach High School. The results have been nothing short of spectacular with South Sumter High coming into 2023 off an undefeated 2022 regular season.
(All of the coaches, mentors, alumni, students and players, post for a photo during the Keanu Neal Football Camp which was a great success!)
The kids learned how to engage contact correctly with other players, learn techniques on how to block, cut and defend against a pass. They also got to test out their speed and agility. The entire event was a ton of fun for everyone in attendance. All the kids got to learn and it’s so great to see members of the community give back to these kids.
(Youth Football Players got valuable experience at the camp. Here we see a drill involving how to properly engage contact. Staying low to the ground is key for the best leverage.)
Who knows there could be a future Keanu Neal who could be drafted to the NFL one day. We have to give a huge shoutout to coach Ty Lawrence, all the former Alumni and volunteers that made it happen. South Sumter’s school motto is TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES. We are thrilled to see that motto in action.
We are excited about the upcoming South Sumter Football Season. The Raiders went undefeated last year and are looking to hit the ground running in just over one month as the season kicks off in mid August.
(All the coaches did a tremendous job of teaching these young kids proper ways to play the sport. It was great to see so many alumni involved!)
Thank you Keanu Neal for giving back to our children in our community! We wish for a healthy and successful season for the new Pittsburgh Steeler! We also hope that South Sumter can continue their dominance this year!